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they would like to exercise. so alan gross's family wants the obama administration to get more involved. >> libby other efforts are underway to free alan gross. >> reporter: well the family is gathering here outside the white house in just a short amount of time. and they are also trying to put pressure on the u.s. senate. more than 60 senators have put their signatures to the push for more action. the senators can't asking for the u.s. crede ground to cuba, but they want the white house to be more involved. >>> this afternoon there will be a campaign launched to promote the affordable care act. >>> the 85-year-old american held in north korea had reportedly supervised south korean gorillas during the war. the associated press said former members of the group were to meet newman at the airport. he served in this the korean war, and authorities say they are holding him to investigate war crimes. he was shown on north korean tv reading what north korean officials say was an apology. >>> vice president joe biden says he is concerned about china's expansion of the air defense zone in the ea
will be looking at. >> lisa stark thank you. >> thank you. >> in other news, the obama administration says the health insurance website has vastly improved. the administration has spent two months fixing the glitches in the health care reform law. mike viqueria, are all the problems fixed? >> well, not all the problems are fixed but the white house spokesman just moments ago jay carney speaking for the president believes that the website has significantly improved and they have met their threshold for the vast majority of citizens who sign on. 90% will have a successful experience and will be able to enroll through the website. night and day is how the top official that the president put in charge of having this website up and functioning by november 30th, last saturday, says the difference is between october 1st, and the end of november. the problem is, that it's two months, two months that were virtually lost where people could not enroll on the website and now it's crunch time. some of the other metrics they put out, the error rate is less than 1%, when earlier i.t. was 6%, other websit
that left four dead and dozens injured. >>> the obama administration said it has met it's deadline to fix the healthcare.gov website. iit is cyber monday. millions will be clicking the mouse to grab major deals on the internet. spending online is expected to smash records and many americans will be shopping on the job. >> meteorologist: i'm meteorology dave warren. this is the story developing the pacific northwest. this will impact the entire country day by day. the moyes coming in from the ocean, hitting the mountains in the northwest, dumping a lot of snow especially in the higher elevations. and then that junior of snow pushing south. the winter storm warne warning e panhandle of idaho and montana. there is snow coming down, and you can see that by the camera from lookout pass. this is between montana and idaho along interstate 90. the snow coming down a foot and most likely more to come as this area of snow sags south. now there are showers in the cascades with rain and snow. snow in the rockies and all of this moisture continuing to push south as cold air moves in from the north. th
he continue to see that. thank you. >> the obama administration said it has met it's deadline to fix the healthcare.gov website. the administration promised all would be well in november. we will gather to the white house with more details, mike, this was a big deadline for the administration. are all the problems with the website solved? >> reporter: they aren't all solved but they say its like night and day after that disastrous launch of octobe october 1st. they cite certain benchmarks, certain metrics, error rates down to 1%. they were 6% at the outset of this debacle in the estimation of administration officials. as many as 800,000 a day and they achieved 90% functionality. you recall that by the end of last month, november 31st they had promised an 80% functionality. by their own estimation they have exceeded that. but that's by their own estimation. for the time being we'll have to take their word for it. it's all a anecdotal at this point. there are questions about the website's security when people are entering sensitive personal information and data, and about insurers on
utterly fail. >> in washington the obama administration contradicted that version of events. >> there's no question if you look at the facts of impact on oil revenues, the impact on economic growth, that there was a huge impact of - the sanctions had an enormous impact. that was a driving factor in bringing the iranians back to the negotiating table. >> many speculated if the nuclear deal succeeds, they may cooperate on other matters. it could be useful at the talks known as geneva ii. the u.s. response. >> the whole goal is to create a transitional governing body. they haven't focused that. >> the comments come in the middle of a sharply innocencive. mohammad javad zarif is visiting officials in arab countries, like saudi arabia, and qatar. they have sent guns and cash to the opposition. mohammad javad zarif insists iran is trying to be a good neighbour. >> we believe all of us needs to cooperate with each other to, in fact, contain the spread of sectarian divide. >> nothing foreign minister mohammad javad zarif said is new. the iran government attracting attention is being study by
. after nearly two months of harsh criticism the obama administration said healthcare.gov website took a giant step forward and ready for the next big test and al jaze a jazeera's and erica is live. >> the obama administration met the deadline and the site works more than 90% of the time and up from 40% when it was launched two months ago. >> the bottom line healthcare.gov on december 1st is night and day from where it was on october 1st. >> reporter: that is president obama special advisor in charge of fixing the website that was originally bogged down with hundreds of bugs. the white house says dramatic progress has been made with the site performing with private sector velocity and a lower error rate and capacity to handle 50,000 visitors at once and if it's too busy there is a virtual waiting room that will e-mail you when it's less crowded. the new report shows administration hit the big benchmark. >> 50,000 at one time, 800,000 people a day. look this will take some time before it's up and kicking in full gear. i think what we have to look at is those states where you have well
the obama administration said the site was 90% functional and fixed. some users say it's still possible to think you are signed up but not get coverage. and at peak times of the day, just signing on was still a bit of a problem. mike viqueira is at the whitehouse for us and has the latest on this trouble site. mike, this was a big deadline for the administration over the weekend >> reporter: right. >> there seems to be plenty of work to do here. >> >> reporter: there is. there is good news/bad news really. you mentioned signing on. the administration was full of facts and figures over the laugh two days. saturday, they set november 30th as the goal whereby the quote, unquote vast majority of americans visiting the website would have a positive experience and some success. that would be a marked improvement over what we have seen over the course of the last two months ever since the bungled launch and the administration says there are market improvements. the error rate now less than 1% down from a whopping 6% back in and on october 1st. if you look at it relative to some big department
as victory day. and are calling for prime minister yingluck shinawatra to resign. >> the obama administration says that for the most part of the healthcare.gov website is, in fact, working. the man in charge of fixing the website says more than 400 changes have been made. >> over the last five weeks we made substantial progress, working through it. we have executed software fixes and hardware upgrades. the site is stable, and operating at its intended capacity with improved performance. >> even despite the overhaul, there are questions about the website. republican congressman says the improvements are not good enough. >> the security of this site, and the private information does not meet the minimal standards of the private sector, and that concerns me. i don't care if you are for or against it. we should not tolerate the level of incompetence securing the site. >> officials say that 800,000 people will be able to shop for insurance each day. they do admit that there's still much more work ahead, which does include fixing hundreds of software bugs. >> we've had rain in the mountain passes t
. and healthcare.gov is running smoothly the obama administration is back in sales mode and president obama will kickoff a campaign today to promote the affordable care act. the white house wants to point out the benefits of the reform law and they plan to focus on a specific benefit each day until the sign up deadline on december 23, that is when anyone who needs coverage on january 1st must be enrolled. the white house is offering money to ensurers so people who like their health plans can keep them. the obama administration says the payments would offset the cost of reinstating cancelled policies and millions of people received cancellation notices and the cancelled policies do not meet the standards of the healthcare law. it was an attack that standed the dance world, now the verdict is in for a former member of russia's famed ballet and find out why you may have to pay sales tax for everything you buy online and the fight over food and they are considering cutting subsidies to some of the world's poorest people. ♪ ♪ good morning and welcome back to al jazeera america and i'm thomas
% from 2011. >> doctors are getting worried as the obama administration ramps up enrollment in state exchange. the government's new medical insurance plans will force physicians to take a hard look at whether they can afford to practice at the same prices. >> if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor so long as your doctor keeps you. >> the new health plan has physicians wondering if they will be able to keep their so sf insured patients. >> i think the first thing that thphysicians can expect is a lot more patients with health insurance and a lot more will be covered through medicade because it's the biggest part of the insurance expanse i expansion ie affordable care act. >> many physicians restrict the number of patients that they accept because of the low reimbursements rates. >> medicade rates vary from state to state but are typically far below medicare and private insurance. >> look to the right. >> for instance. a brooklyn based opthamologist says that private insurance for a full eye exam will reimburse rates up to $150. medicare pays him $145 but for the same proced
obama administration. with unemployment insurance to expire for 1.3 million if condepress doesn't act by the end. month, the white house is stuck in an ironic situation. they are arguing for an end to the cut if growth improves, gdp, in the last court, and down to 7% on friday, the lowest in five years. the administration says unemployment insurance has to be extended. white house spokesman jay carney made the case on friday afternoon. >> the news we have today reinforces that we need to address the problem and extend the unemployment insurance benefits to those individuals. this is a persistent problem. it would be terrible to tell more than a million families across the country, a few days after christmas, that they are out of benefit, that we hope that congress will, as it has in the past, address the challenge. >> one of the more interesting things about the economic numbers, the good economic numbers is they haven't improved - the unemployment rate went down despite the gridlock in washington and the political hold the economy back. you have to wonder how good the growth would be
. >> reporter: in washington the obama administration contradic contradicted his version of events. >> there is no question if you look at the facts of the impact of oil revenues, the impacts on their economic growth at large that there was a huge impact, that the sanctions had an enormous impacts, and that was the driving factor in bringing iranians to the negotiating table. >> many peculiar late that if the deals succeed, washington and iran might negotiate other things. >> the goal is a transitioning governing body. certainly they haven't embraced that as the focus o geneva communique. >> what could be described as a charm offensive. he's visiting other countries, and iran insists they're trying to be a good neighbor. >> we believe we, all of us, need to cooperate with each other to, in fact, contain this spread of sectarian divide. >> nothing the foreign minister has said is new. but iranian government has said is new, but it's being studied closely. ross lind jordan, al jazeera, the state department. >> vice president biden is in japan where he's about to begin meetings on the
,800 centerfuges added to iran stock. so sanctions have utterly failed. >> reporter: in washington the obama administration contradicted his version of events. >> there is no question if you look at the facts of the impact of oil revenues and impact on their economic growth at large that there was a huge impact of the -- the sanctions had an enormous impact and that was a driving factor in bringing the iranians back to the negotiating table. >> reporter: many speculating that if it succeeds washington and tahir may cooperate and it could be useful at the up coming peace talks known as geneva two and the u.s. response. >> the goal is to have a governing body, that is the goal of the geneva conference and they have not embraced that as the focus of the geneva communication. >> reporter: it is in the middle of what could be described as a charm offensive and visiting officials in saudi arabia that sent guns and cash to the syrian opposition and they insist iran is trying to be a good neighbor. >> we believe that we need, all of us, need to cooperate with each other to, in fact, contain the sp
for the obama administration. >> one of the ironies here with in34r0eu8inemployment insuranced to finish in the next month. and then on fl friday down to sevensevenpercent the lowest in. the unemployment insurance has to be ex-temedded. extended. jay carney made that announcement. we need to address that problem and to extend the unparliament beunemploymentagain benefits to those individuals. it's a per citie persist persist would be terrible to tell families that they're out of benefits. we are hoping that congress will address this challenge. >> one. interesting thing about these good economic numbers the economy has improved and the unemployment rate went down despite the head winds that were supposed to hold the economy back. you won goar how good the greefort would be woit the government shut down that threatened the economy over the course kft last month and from october to november trchlts good news for the white house and the country's economy and we'll see if it sustaineds tes sustaine sh quite er and if th -- quart qua. >>> we continue owr coverage off the life and death of nel
healthcare site has given the obama administration lots of bad press. now the president is focusing on the rest of the affordable care act. we have the latest from the white house. >>> also amazing the man who spent three days trapped i in a sunken ship 100 feet below the ocean next. tÑ >> we have breaking. the pentagon has temporarily stopped using a route to send cargo into afghanistan. officials saying there are other routes to more cargo into and out of afghanistan. >>> detroit is bankrupt. a judge cleared the way today for what is now the largest municipal bankruptcy in u.s. history. the city is $18 billion in debt. it could mean severe cuts for retired city workers who relied on pensions. >>> french scientists have thrown a new twist in the yasser arafat story. forensic team reported that the palestinian leader did not die from radioactive poisoning. the report contra-ducts an earlier report from a swiss team, who claims that it was due to a political assassination. >>> the engineer involved in the new york train derailment found himself nodding before the train jumped the tr
in conneticut, and was hit by another train. 75 were hurt then. >> the obama administration says healthcare.gov is working most of the time. the man in charge of repairs says more than 400 changes were made to the site. the 6-month open enrolment began on october the 1st. people that do not buy insurance are subject to tax penalties. >> violent protests intensify in ukraine's capital. it began last week to support a trade agreement. protesters are demanding the ukrainian president step down. [ chants ] >> the pro-europe protesters used sheer force of numbers to break their way back into independence square in defines of a court order, banning demonstrations in the area. there are calls for the resignation of viktor yanukovych, they are growing stronger after his decision not to sign up to a free trade pact with the european union, buckling to pressure fro moscow. >> he said he would do everything he could. it failed to apiece the protesters. >> translation: people came out to say no to the government. this government is illegal. this government does not respect human dignity or the people o
joined in a bloody protest. four were killed. >>> the obama administration says for the most part, healthcare.gov is now working. the man in charge of repairs said this morning there have been more than 40 changes made over the last five weeks, we have made substantial progress working through the punch lists. we have executed hundreds of south wear fixes and hardware upgrades. the site is stable and operating at its intended capacity with gratefully improved performance. >> questions remain about. mike rogers says the improvements are not good enough. >> it still doesn't function right. their own cio said he believed if they had the ability to get up to 80% functionality, that would be a good day for them. so nobody talks about. the security of this site and the private information does not meet even the minimal standards of the private sector. we should not tolerate the shear level of incompetence securing this site. >> officials say 800,000 people will be able to shop for insurance coverage every day but they also admit much more work lies ahead, which includes fixes hundreds o
. the obama administration was expecting enrollment numbers. the president talked about healthcare during an event at the white house this afternoon. mike viqueira joins us from the white house. mike, what is this, the second day in a row? the president has held an event where he's talking about healthcare, right? >> that's right. they're trying to turn the page from the lost two months. the bungled roll out of healthcare.gov and the issues surrounding it, and now it's crunch time. the president was talking to a group that is vital to the success of the affordable care act, and that is young invincibles. his point was to try--he was talking to supporters, really, but to try to talk to young people and talk to other young people. young folks who go without insurance are vital to the success the affordable chair act because they're healthy and their healthcare costs and needs are few. yet they'll be required to buy insurance and it's all figured into the formula. it all balances out. it's the only way it can work. the president spoke to this group, the rebutte of healthcare, the affordable
is the white house's take. >> reporter: there is a paint by numbers aspect ever since the obama administration took office. yes, the unemployment rate has largely gone down. private sector employment has increased for two years running now. the white house will say its good news but there is more work to be done. that's what they said today. the better the economy improves, that gdp rate that came out and shocked everything in the third quarter. 3.6% growth. that's nearly rebust but not near full employment strength. >> i think we just lost mike. we did. my apologies. still ahead on al jazeera america. the latest on the wintery blast causing problems in several states. >>> and trying to keep a deadly conflict from growing worse. plans to stop a slot center africa. that's next. >> bitter cold ice and heavy snow battering the southwest. thkentucky is experiencing real problems on the road. take a look at these pictures. in texas at least 180,000 people have lost power. mark snyder has the latest for us in dallas. >> here's a taste of what it looks like most of the day. here american airlines age
to al jazeera america. >>> the obama administration is looking to undo the damage to the affordable care act's image done by the problems, of course, with the problem plagued website. in a moment we'll look at what the president needs to do during his campaign to accomplish that. >> first let's look at the temperatures across the nation. metrologist nicole mitchell is here. >> we have a contrast once we get to the southern plains today - going to the 20s or 30s. houston is at 71. this is where it's really gotten brutal. single-digit temperatures. adding in the wind. feels like 30 below. this is going to be a spreading sign over the weekend. the wind chills that are really brutal out there. the cold air will settle and over the next couple of days the warmer spots in the south - innocently it while you have it. although not the negatives. they will change over the next couple of days, houston at 82 - it won't be long-lived. >> looking to reverse weeks of bad publicity about the federal healthcare website barack obama urged americans to ignore the critics saying they are rooting for the af
with healthcare.gov. the obama administration said one in four americans who use the government website to sign up could have errors in their enrolment records. insurance companies are reporting records for enrolment files including name, address and your social security number. heath coverage is supposed to start january the 1st, giving than 30 days to fix the problem. doctors may end up with more patients and simply getting paid less for them. what is that, you mean? fewer doctors to choose from yourself. our resident health care reporter found out why. >> if you liked your during, you can keep your doctor, sos lopping as your doctor -- so long as your doctor keeps you. the new health law has many wondering if they can afford to keep self-insured patients. >> first-time physicians will see patients coming in with health insurance, covered through medicade because the expansion is one of the biggest parts of the insurance expansion in the affordable care act. >> that's a problem. many are covered under the health law. they restrict the number of medicade patients they accept because of low reimb
. here is a look at your top stoerpz. it's as different as night and day. >> that's how obama administration officials described healthcare.gov after the live -- two months after the website went live the. they are cautiously managing expectations. we just heard the crucial information about sunday's deadly train derailment in new york. the conductor was going 82 miles per hour as the train came into a 30 mile per hour zone. that critical curve. jo than marchttin joins us. jo jonathan, have you been able to physically see the curve in question that we are talking about here? >> reporter: from -- sort of, i would say. it's sort of hard to say with the bushes here we have been able to see sort of the vantage point. even governor cuomo said it's sort of a tricky curve. as we heard the folks from ntsb say that, 30 miles per hour, that is the limit around the curve. so to hear that this train was going 82 is shogging but it also echoes what some of the witnesses and some of the people on board were saying, that the train was going way too fast. so not many people, i am sure, surpr
? the obama administration promised an improved healthcare wen sight in november. reviews are mixed. some are having trouble signing up. insurers say they are not getting the information they need. live pictures from bangkok. protesters have wished through police barricades and made it to the prime minister's. it's the 10th day of demonstrations against the thai regime. at least three people died in protests. >> tonight, investigators say speed was a factor in sunday's deadly train derailment in new york. officials say the commuter train was traveling 82 miles an hour when it jumped the tracks. >> that's more than 50 miles an hour faster than it should have been going. the accident killed four people and wounded dozens of others. we don't know if human error played a part in the crash. some experts say our trains rely far too much on people and that we already have the technology to prevent many deadly accidents. jake ward joins us from san francisco with more on that technology. jake? >> john, 40% of american freight and as many as 6 million passengers a year move by railroad. in spite o
, even though the obama administration had talked about how much al-qaeda had been dismantled since the death of bin lad en, do americans need to worry now that al-qaeda does seem to be gaining ground in the middle east? >> i think the americans ought to be very concerned about the increasing capability. while the u.s. government has started to parse their words, saying we only met core al-qaeda in pakistan and afghanistan, the fact is that the franchisees, the smaller groups of al-qaeda represent a clear and present danger not only to the countries and governments in the middle east but also that of the united states. >> general, thank you. >> commuter trains will roll again today on a normal schedule past the reopened stop in the bronx, the scene of sunday's fatal derailment in new york city. the train to derailed featured a system that can warn the engineer of a potential accident and apply the brakes, but the system was not in the front cab where william rockefeller was at the controls. it was installed in the locomotive, which was pushing the train from the back. >> highly radi
obama administration official said the release was a result of contact between the u.s. and pyongyang. >> a kooub scrp boy caught in a -- cuban boy caught in a tug of war speaks out saying he's happy for his cuban upbringing. >> translation: i have lived happy in cuba for 14 years, let there be no doubt. whoever is interested in this, i'm happy living in cuba. >> elian gonzalez made the comment whilst attending a student conference in ecuador. the first time he left the country since being handed back to his father. he does not forgive his american family for trying to keep him in the u.s. >> the los angeles city council is thinking with new laws in relation to e-cigarettes. >> electronic cigarettes are so popular they are all that this store sells. no tobacco for smoke. it's called vaping. >> it should be viewed as a good thing. it's a step in a smarter direction. >> it was a smart move for him. i tried patches and guns. this is the only thing that worked. >> these cigarettes can deliver nico teep and the active ingredients of marijuana. they are catching on with kids. >> these are n
which he points out is actually shrchging in his administration john. >> point out, this issue about the young people are disappointed with president and congress. >> part of the obama coalition that got him elected twice is young people, so-called millennials. folks at harvard has a unit that polled these folks. 18 to 25, bad news for the president, festival his approval rating down to 41%. that is a reflection of the population at large but down 11% since just this spring. and john earlier the president did some work to shore up the forecast, the so-called -- shore up the rveght affordable care a% of millennials disapprove of the affordable care act. have no plans to sign up. that's disappointing news. >> the numbers behind inequality could be surprising for many. jonathan betz has a closer look at what the president says is an economic inequality gap. >> simply put the poor are getting poorer and the rich are getting richer. first off, what does this mean? the median income for an american household was $53,000, down $yea from the year before and down $5,000 from 1999 when you adj
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